Food Allergies: A Man-Made Issue?

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Researchers estimate that 15 million Americans now suffer from food allergies, some of these being severe, fatal reactions. These figures highlight that food allergies are a growing epidemic, particularly for children.

How food allergies began…

The terms “allergy” and “anaphylaxis” were created following a strange illness that affected up to 50% of vaccinated children at the close of the 1800s. This illness was simply called “serum sickness” and followed the first mass administration of diphtheria anti-toxin.

Austrian pediatrician Clemens von Pirquet studied the illness at length and observed that the symptoms of this sickness resembled those in people who were hypersensitive to pollens and bee stings. To better describe this ‘altered reactivity’ to the sera he created the Latin derived word allergy in 1906.


In 1901, another doctor named Charles Richet stumbled on the same phenomenon during attempts to vaccinate dogs with a jellyfish poison. He began by injecting dogs with trace amounts of the poison to create a level of tolerance to it.  However, when he injected the animals a second time, he provoked a violent reaction that quickly killed the dogs. For this reaction he used a Latin term ana-phylaxis or anti-protection, because the outcome was

the opposite from the protection that the vaccine was supposed to provide.

Dr. Richet experimented further. He quickly discovered that any protein including food proteins injected into the bloodstream results in sensitization and anaphylaxis on subsequent exposure to the food. Dr. Richet injected minute quantities of milk and meat proteins into cats, rabbits and horses and showed that anaphylaxis is a universal immune system defense.


Allergies unheard of before the creation of vaccines

Prior to the advent of vaccination, mass allergy such as serum sickness was unknown. At the dawn of the 20th century, doctors identified the problem of allergy as an outcome of mass vaccination – on which government relied. The dilemma of serum-induced allergy was summarized by allergist Warren Vaughan in 1941:

“Serum disease, as this is called, is a man-made malady. If we had no curative serums and if there were no such thing as a hypodermic syringe with which to introduce the material under the skin, there would be no serum disease.” Excerpt from a book by Warren Vaughan, Strange Malady (1941)

As vaccine ingredients became better refined to reduce the sensitizing proteins, prevalence of serum sickness decreased.  With the 20th century expansion of vaccination programs and schedules to include food proteins and adjuvants, however, other unforeseen problems arose to take its place: food allergies.


As Dr. Richet demonstrated over a hundred years ago, injecting a protein into animals or humans causes immune system sensitization to that protein. Subsequent exposure to the protein can result in allergic reactions or anaphylaxis (sometimes fatal). This fact has since been demonstrated over and over again in humans and animal models.

Food allergies now common

One of the common food allergies now is peanut allergy, which can develop as immune reaction to the peanut oil that has been used as a stabler in vaccines.

In fact, vaccines contain multiple food proteins that can cause allergic reactions, sometimes even fatal reactions. These food proteins include:

— peanut oil (linked to nut allergies)
— casein and bovine serum (linked to dairy and meat allergies)
— gelatin (linked to gelatin allergies)
— egg (linked to egg allergies)
— soybean oil (linked to soy allergies)
— yeast (linked to wheat allergies)
— MSG (linked to MSG allergies), and
— latex (not a food protein, but linked to latex allergies)

Dozens of researchers raise flag over food allergies & vaccines

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) confirmed that food proteins in vaccines cause food allergy, in its 2011 report on vaccine adverse events. Similar results have been found by many scientists studying food allergies and their causes.

“Currently, the increasing numbers of vaccine administrations are associated with increased reports of adverse vaccine reactions. While the general adverse reactions including allergic reactions caused by the vaccine itself or the vaccine components, are rare, they can in some circumstances be serious and even fatal. Anaphylaxis, an acute hypersensitivity reaction with multi-organ system involvement can present as a severe life-threatening reaction, or can occur after vaccination.” — Vaccine Allergies, Jan 2014, Clinical Experiments in Vaccine Research

To read the dozens of scientific studies showing the link between vaccines and food allergies, click here.

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